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DeadlineNow Morning Report: Aereo & The Copyright Office, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Limbo, SAG-AFTRA’s Top 10 (Video)

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 11:45am PDT
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Morning Report, Thursday July 17

Another setback for Aereo as the copyright office denies its request to be classified as a cable company, the entire cast of 'The Big Bang Theory' is without contracts less than 2 weeks before start of production, SAG-AFTRA posts its Top 10 list of reasons to vote yes on the new contract. Deadline's Dominic Patten reports.

Copyright Office Rejects Aereo’s Request To Be Classified As A Cable Company
‘The Big Bang Theory’ Production Start In Limbo As Cast Contract Negotiations Drag On
SAG-AFTRA Posts 10 Reasons To Vote Yes On New Contract

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TCA: CBS’ Nina Tassler “Very Confident” That ‘Big Bang’ Cast Members Will Close Deals On Time

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 9:27am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

TCA: CBS’ Nina Tassler “Very Confident” That ‘Big Bang’ Cast Members Will Close Deals On TimeWith only two weeks until The Big Bang Theory is slated to go back into production, the entire original cast, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, have no contracts and are not close to signing one. But CBS Entertainment chairman is not worried. “We’re feeling very confident that everything will work out,” she said. “These deals always get miraculously done.”

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Production Start In Limbo As Cast Contract Negotiations Drag On

By | Wednesday July 16, 2014 @ 4:46pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

‘The Big Bang Theory’ Production Start In Limbo As Cast Contract Negotiations Drag OnFlagship CBS comedy series The Big Bang Theory is slated to go into production on its upcoming eighth season on July 30. But with only two weeks to go, the entire original cast of the hit comedy is still without contracts. I hear the two sides are still far apart and there has been little dialogue.

Image (2) Big-Bang-Theory-april-11__140411160624.jpg for post 713463The situation resembles the 2010 salary renegotiations when Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar too faced the start of production in the midst of talks with producing studio Warner Bros. TV. The difference is that back then, they had existing contracts and were obligated to show up for work, which they did while their teams were negotiating big pay bumps behind the scenes. This time around, none of the five Image (1) cuoco__121009154747.png for post 350358have deals in place as their contracts on the show expired at the end of last season. Big Bang‘s newest cast members, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, who renegotiated their contracts last fall with substantial salary increases, are the only actors currently under contracts.

That means that, if new deals with the Original Five are not reached in the next two weeks, production on Season 8 may be pushed. I hear that even if Big Bang doesn’t start start production until after Labor Day, it still is expected to be able to deliver an hourlong season premiere for September 22 but insiders do not think things would go that far. (Big Bang‘s 2010 salary renegotiations didn’t wrap until September.) Warner Bros. TV is known for going down to the wire but being able to close big cast deals on time, including multiple negotiations on Two And A Half Men. Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: First ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Of Season Tops Holiday-Eve TV

By | Friday July 4, 2014 @ 10:48am PDT

Ratings Rat Race: First ‘Big Brother’ Elimination Of Season Tops Holiday-Eve TVFireworks in Boston, and a hurricane in the Carolinas, created challenges for stat spinners this morning.

Big Brother‘s first elimination of its 16th season finished first in overall audience (5.12 million viewers) and, if ratings hold, in the demo (1.6).  (Two nights earlier, the fourth episode of the 16th season of Big Brother clocked a 1.8 demo rating, and 5.61 million viewers — the demo performance being a 22% drop from previous week, maybe because the episode featured a spelling bee, as well as the usual internecine shenanigans.) Last night’s 9 PM episode — in which SPOILER ALERT! Joey Van Pelt became the first BB householder to bite the dust, by unanimous vote — was pre-empted in Boston for that city’s annual July 4th Boston Pops concert (12.6) followed by traditional Boston Post-Pops July 4 Fireworks (15.2), CBS noted, adding that there also may have been pre-emptions in some markets for Hurricane Arthur coverage, which may also have affected other broadcasters. Read More »

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CBS Fall Dates: One-Hour ‘Big Bang Theory’ Premiere; NFL Thursday Kickoff

By | Tuesday June 24, 2014 @ 12:15pm PDT

CBS Fall Dates: One-Hour ‘Big Bang Theory’ Premiere; NFL Thursday KickoffCBS will kick off its new NFL Thursday football franchise September 11 and roll out its Thursday entertainment lineup October 30. It’s part of the net’s “multi-phase rollout” for its new season announced today. In between those two Thursdays: the network’s Sunday slate will unveil the night before the official start of the TV season — traditionally Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday, except when it’s NBC’s turn to broadcast the trophy show, including this year, when the ceremony gets bumped to steer clear of NBC’s NFL commitments. Also, Premiere Week will open with a one-hour The Big Bang Theory leading in to the premiere of new series Scorpion on that first Monday of the season. NCIS: Los Angeles will move to its new Monday time period the following week, joining launches of new drama Stalker and returning Criminal Minds during the season’s second week.

“The addition of Thursday Night Football provides the flexibility to strategically roll out our fall season in multiple waves, maximizing promotional platforms and scheduling opportunities to give our new and returning series the best possible launch,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler said in today’s announcement. Here’s CBS’s primetime rollout schedule: Read More »

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EMMYS: Jim Parsons On Performing In ‘Normal Heart’ — ‘Several Moments Grounded In Realism’

Jim Parsons Big Bang Theory Normal Heart interviewFor Jim Parsons, taking part in Ryan Murphy’s HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play, The Normal Heart, was a no-brainer. Parsons could’ve gone on collecting Emmys for his superlative work on The Big Bang Theory—he has three so far for outstanding lead comedy actor. And he had already played acid-tongued AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright on Broadway. But it was important to him that he reprise the role for the telefilm. Here, Parsons reveals the confusion that followed his first meeting with Murphy, his reaction to his new scenes and the significance that his first Emmy nomination for a dramatic role would hold.

AWARDSLINE: How did you get involved with this project?
PARSONS: I’m pretty sure Ryan saw (me in) the stage production. But I have to admit, I’m not exactly sure whether he had the idea to approach me, or if jointly with Larry he had the idea to use me, or, if completely pushed by Larry, he had the idea to use me.

AWARDSLINE: I actually spoke to Ryan and he said Larry pushed to have you play this role.
PARSONS: That does not shock me. I was very fortunate with my experience doing the play with Larry. He was around a lot, (and) he happened to really like what I was doing. He was always a big, big supporter.

Related: Michael Ausiello’s Interview With Ryan Murphy Read More »

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Deadline Now: Who Are The Emmy Dark Horses? (Video)

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Pete Hammond's Under The Radar Picks

Deadline's Awards Columnist and Dominic Patten break down what series might surprise this year, from FX's 'The Americans' to HBO's 'Clear History' and Showtime's 'Ray Donovan' -- and even CBS' 'The Big Bang Theory'. Is this the year TV's biggest comedy finally gets some Emmy love?

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EMMYS: Confusion And Controversy Surround The Best Comedy Series Race

By | Monday June 9, 2014 @ 3:03pm PDT

Mitch & Cam 'Modern Family' WeddingHistory could be made at this year’s Emmys. Should Modern Family win the best comedy series award, it would tie the record set by Frasier in the ’90s. Frasier is the only TV show—comedy or drama—to win a best series Emmy five times. Will Modern Family share the enviable title? There’s also some history being made with a call to reform the category. The brouhaha broke out when the TV Academy announced it had approved the move of Showtime’s Shameless to the best comedy arena after three years of largely unsuccessful stabs as a drama series contender. Read More »

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EMMYS: Overlooked Veterans Vie For Another Chance At Emmy Glory

By | Tuesday June 3, 2014 @ 3:51pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Awardsline logo_use this oneIn May 2002, NBC’s Friends was coming off its eighth season, which chronicled Rachel’s pregnancy. Whether it was the resurgence of the Rachel/Ross storyline or the nation’s yearning for laughter following the 9/11 attacks, it was one of Friends’ most successful seasons, drawing its largest audience in four years. While Friends was embraced by Friendsviewers in a big way, the popular comedy seemed causa perduta where the Emmys were concerned. For its first seven seasons, Friends only had earned three Emmys (for supporting actress Lisa Kudrow, guest actor Bruce Willis and directing). In 2001 it missed a nom in the best comedy series category, after two consecutive mentions and four overall, and recorded its fewest nominations in any season with five. But the following year, voters gave the show a second look with 11 nominations, as well as wins for best comedy series and best actress in a comedy series for Jennifer Aniston. Read More »

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Broadcast TV Journalists Association Unveils Critics’ Choice Television Awards Nominees

One day after theCritics Choice TV Awards Logo(1) Television Critics Association unveiled nominees for this year’s TCA Awards, the Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced nominations for its Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

FX-logoFX leads the BTJA’s noms list, with 19 –  followed closely by HBO which garnered 18.  Topping the list of nominated series, with five noms each, are CBS’s The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife,  FX’s Fargo, Showtime’s Masters Of Sex,  and HBO’s The Normal Heart.

Other top-nominated serieshbologo3 include FX’s The Americans, AMC’s Breaking Bad, Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, and PBS’s Sherlock: His Last Vow — each snagging four noms.

cbs8Walton Goggins and Allison Janney were both twice nominated. Goggins is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for Justified, and Janney is nommed for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,  for Mom. The two also will compete against each other in the Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series category for Sons Of Anarchy and Masters Of Sex, respectively.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Last Comic Standing’ OK In Return, ‘Gang Related’ Premiere Soft

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 9:22am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

jb-smoove-lcsIf a rerun of The Big Bang Theory is the top program of the night by a landslide, it must be summer. CBS’ comedy juggernaut (2.2 among adults 18-49 for a repeat) ruled the first night after the official end of the 2013-14 broadcast season, which featured two premieres and a finale. After a four-year break, NBC’s Last Comic Standing returned last night, drawing a 1.7 in 18-49 for its eighth season premiere. That was down 15% from the show’s last season debut in June 2010, but a lot has changed in four years, so that number is pretty solid. It tied the iHeart Radio Music Awards as the top rating NBC has seen on Thursday in months. It outperformed significantly NBC’s recent in-season unscripted premiere, American Dream Builders, and built on its lead-in, Hollywood Game Night (1.1), by 55%.

101_gangrelated_mobile_carousel-carousel-360x282Last Comic also almost doubled the rating for the other premiere last night, Fox dark drama Gang Related (0.9), originally picked up for midseason 2014. Despite a solid lead-in from Kitchen Nightmares (1.5, down 12% from last week), Gang Related‘s performance was more in line with a low-cost import (NBC’s Crossing Lines and Saving Hope opened with a 0.7 last summer) than a Hollywood-made original drama (CBS’ Under The Dome premiered with a 3.2 in 18-49 last summer, ABC’s Mistresses with a 1.2). The Gang Related debut was even … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Elementary’ & ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finales Fall, ‘Big Bang Theory’ Hits Finale Viewership High, ‘American Idol’ Up Again

ELLEN POMPEO, SANDRA OHChaucer said that “there is an end to everything, good things as well.” So the Middle Ages poet was right of the 2013-2014 television season and of Sandra Oh‘s stint on Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) after 10 seasons. There were explosions, both emotional and literally, and there was fallout as well as dancing as Dr. Cristina Yang left Seattle Grace Hospital. Ratingswise it was a bit of a flat line for ABC and the Shonda Rhimes-created show, with Grey’s staying even with last week’s show. While Grey’s overall season bopped up 5% among adults 18-49 from Season 9 to garner the series’ best demo result in three years, last night’s finale was down double digits from the previous finale on May 16, 2013. With a repeat as a lead-in, the end of Season 10 saw a 19% drop from the Season 9 ender to hit a season-finale low. But with that said, if precedent is any indication, Grey’s could see an adjustment upward in the final numbers later today. Lead-out Black Box (1.1/4) saw its fourth-week numbers dip 8% from its May 8 results; granted, it was postponed in the San Diego market for news coverage of the fires there but that’s also the third week in a row the newbie show has gone down.

Related: Paul Lee Defends ‘Grey’s Anatomy’s Move To 8 PM Next Season

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Shark Tank’ & ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ Fall, ‘Scandal’ Steady, ‘Elementary’ Rises, ‘Reign’ & ‘Community’ Hit Lows

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 9:11am PDT

KERRY WASHINGTONLike last week’s announcement that David Letterman was retiring in 2015, yesterday’s news that Stephen Colbert would take over CBS’ Late Show overshadowed Thursday’s primetime as the big action on TV. But that didn’t mean there was a lot going on last night. With its penultimate episode before next week’s Season 3 finale, Scandal (3.0/9) not unexpectedly ramped it up with more tension and potentially explosive outcomes. The Shonda Rhimes-produced drama also bopped up 3% among adults 18-49 compared with last week’s season low. Lead-in Grey’s Anatomy (2.5/8) dipped 7% from its April 3 episode. With Once Upon A Time In Wonderland wrapped up for good last week, ABC kicked off its Thursday primetime with a special Shark Tank (1.6/6). The first of a two-nighter, the entrepreneurial reality series was down 20% from its last regular Friday airing on April 4 but gave ABC a six-month high in adults 18-49 for the 8 PM slot. With a 2.4/8 rating, ABC was tied with CBS for the 18-49 top spot, but the latter finished first in total viewers with 9.76 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Wonderland’ Finale Down, ‘The Millers’ Surges, ‘Surviving Jack’ Slips & ‘Community’ Hits Series Low

132937_GROUP_FINALr2David Letterman’s announcement yesterday of his retirement was the big news in TV and certainly the end of an era for late night. However, in primetime, there was another end. Officially cancelled last week by ABC, limited run Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (0.9/3) wrapped its first and only season last night. Having debuted on October 10 last year with 1.7 rating among adults 18-49 and soon dipping below a 1.0, the fantasy drama spinoff of Once Upon A Time was down 10% from its result of last week. The rest of ABC’s night with dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2.6/7) and the ever intrigue-filled Scandal (2.8.9) saw the Shonda Rhimes-produced shows even and down 10% respectively from last week. That’s a season low tie for Scandal. Read More »

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Gets 3-Year Pickup; Chuck Lorre’s Other Series In Renewal Talks

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 8:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Big Bang Theory Renewed CBSBazinga! CBS and Warner Bros. Television have reached a deal for a three-year renewal of broadcast TV’s top entertainment series, The Big Bang Theory, that would keep the hit comedy on the air through the 2016-2017 season, the series’ 10th. No one is commenting, but I hear the license fee is in the $4 million-$5 million range per episode (closer to $4 million), a high number for a comedy series. This marks Big Bang‘s second consecutive three-season pickup, a commitment reserved only for the biggest shows on television. While it is the biggest deal by far, Big Bang is not the only WBTV comedy in renewal talks with CBS. I hear the network and the studio also are in discussions on the other three Chuck Lorre series, with a 13-episode final season of Two And A Half Men eyed along with renewals for next season of Mike & Molly and freshman Mom.

Related: Warner Bros TV Readies Offers To ‘Big Bang’ Cast, In Talks With CBS For New 3-Year Deal

cbs4With the Big Bang license deal secured, WBTV and CBS will turn their attention to the cast. There had been some overtures but no real negotiations so far with original cast members Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, whose contracts are up at the end of this season. (Big Bang’s other regulars, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, closed new deals last fall.) Put on hold while license fee negotiations were going on, talks with Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco are expected to kick into gear soon. Currently at about $350,000 per episode, the three leads are projected to get to the Friends cast mark of $1 million an episode. Read More »

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CBS Will Launch ‘Big Bang Theory’ On Different Night As NFL Begins Season On Thursdays

By | Wednesday February 12, 2014 @ 2:44pm PST

“We’re not going to wait until November” to kick off this fall’s new season of the sitcom, or for crime drama Elementary, CEO Les Moonves told analysts in a call to discuss Q4 earnings. NFL CBS“It’ll be on some other night.” And he’s unfazed by the disruption on Thursdays: The eight NFL games that CBS plans to offer will “tighten up our existing schedule” especially since the network has “a lot of O&Os in NFL markets.” Moonves’ comments confirmed the assumption that Big Bang would continue to call Thursday its permanent home and hinted that Elementary too may stay on the night (after airing originals elsewhere during the weeks NFL takes over Thursday.)

Related: CBS Adds More Bang To Thursday With Football, But ‘Big Bang’ Likely To Stay Put

Moonves also rejected the suggestion that the male-skewing football games will make it difficult for the network to return to its female-skewing shows when the eight weeks are up. “There are still a lot of women who watch [football],” he says. “The male-female balance is not something we’re in the slightest concerned about.” CBS won the coveted deal not because of money — estimated at less than $300M — but because the league believes that the network “would do a better job” than its rivals in creating a Thursday night franchise for the NFL, … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Winter Olympics’ Soft Launch Scores NBC Best Thursday Since NFL 2013 Season Opener

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 9:00am PST

SochiOlympicsNBC__131021180345__140123184857__140127203358UPDATED: With NBC beginng its Olympics primetime coverage the day before the Opening Ceremony for the first time, the network and the Sochi Games literally kicked off yesterday on a slippery slope. Still, it went straight to the top, with the network pulling in an 11.8/18 overnight rating. That will easily make NBC tops for the night and is the best Thursday primetime result for the network since the 14.9/25 result of the NFL regular season opener on September 5, 2013. That Denver Bronco vs. Baltimore Ravens game was the best Thursday night average for any of the Big 4 OLY-2014-FREESTYLE-MOGULS-WOMENgoing back to NBC’s 2012 London Olympics coverage. Check out the Top 10 markets (yes, Denver is one of them) for the first day of Olympics coverage below.

There were no medals handed out, but NBC’s tape-delayed first day included coverage of the new Slopestyle snowboarding event (minus Shaun White), Freestyle Skiing, Figure Skating and some pointed political observations from primetime host Bob Costas. Because of the addition of a dozen new events, Sochi organizers stacked an extra day at the beginning of the Games to fit in all 98 events in 15 disciplines. Officially the Winter Games begins today and runs until the Closing Ceremony on February 23.

Related: Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Farewell Hits 5-Year Ratings High Read More »

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Chuck Lorre Scores Rare Four Top 20 Shows

By | Thursday February 6, 2014 @ 4:53pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

lorreChuck Lorre already is the showrunner with most current series, four. Last week, the prolific producer scored a first for a showrunner when all four ranked in the Top 20 among adults 18–49 — something no writing producer had accomplished since the introduction of Nielsen electronic ratings measurement in 1991. Ironically, Lorre’s biggest series, The Big Bang Theory (5.2 Live+Same Day), which ranks as the No. 1 entertainment series among adults 18-49 this season, had its lowest weekly ranking of the season, No. 6, with Super Bowl Sunday programming taking the first five spots. Lorre’s Mike & Molly (2.6) was at No. 11, followed by freshman Mom (2.4) at No. 15 and veteran Two And A Half Men (2.0) at No. 17.

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CBS Adds More Bang To Thursday With Football, But ‘Big Bang’ Likely To Stay Put

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 11:43am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Probably no network would’ve benefited by a football boost on Thursday more than NBC, which has been struggling mightily on the night. Instead, the NFL’s Thursday primetime games went to the network that regularly wins the night, CBS, with the biggest scripted show on television, comedy The Big Bang Theory. By snatching half of the NFL Thursday package, CBS ensures thabigbangfootballt its Thursday lineup won’t have to face football on another broadcast network. The limited scope of the commitment — eight weeks, half of the length of Sunday Night Football on NBC — and its timing early into the TV season (NFL Network got the late-season games) are expected to have lesser impact on CBS’ Thursday schedule than SNF has on NBC. That means that Big Bang Theory, which has been anchoring CBS’ Thursday lineup since fall 2010, most likely will stay put.

Related: CBS And NFL Network To Offer Thursday Night Games

cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712Two of the eight games will air before the beginning of the TV season, so CBS will launch its regular Thursday lineup at the beginning of November this fall. With networks more and more staggering their fall rollouts, that is not that late. (The CW has been employing an October fall rollout for the past couple of seasons.) CBS can use its fall-launch marketing dollars for the rest of the nights and then rely on football to hype its Thursday shows. I hear the promotional opportunity for the Thursday primetime football games was a big draw for CBS brass as they can get more eyeballs for the trailers of their new shows in the two weeks leading to the beginning of the season. Additionally, NFL football gives extra ratings muscle to a night where CBS already has been dominant and where advertisers traditionally love to spend premium dollars heading into the weekend. Read More »

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